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The Point 

April 3, 2009 
Issue No. 5 

Fitchburg State College's student newspaper 

Staff photo by John McGinn 
Student Kristine Landry practices for her upcoming national competition as she lines up a shot in the 
gameroom at FSC. 

Pool shark takes 
her cue from the best 

By Ashley Galicia 

At first glance, Kristine Landry 
seems like just your average stu- 
dent at Fitchburg State College. 
But the senior communications 
major has an unusual hidden tal- 

Landry is a competitive pool 
player who has won the right to 
represent New England in wom- 
en's 9-ball billiards this summer, 
at the only national collegiate 
pool tournament in the U.S. 

The 36-year-old Westminster 
resident, who qualified during a 
recent event held at FSC, has also 
competed in Las Vegas twice for 
American Poolplayers Associa- 
tion tournaments. 

It was only five years ago that 
Landry became serious about the 
game; she soon found that it takes 
more than natural skill to suc- 

"Perseverance kept me in the 
game, [and] motivation helped me 
to become a better pool player," 
Landry said in a recent interview. 


"You have to play the best to 
be the best, so your competition 
helps you learn as well." 

She started by playing out of 
Shooters in Gardner, and became 
friends with some of the people 
in a league there. One day they 
asked her if she would join their 

team, and now four years later she 
is still playing with the team who 
took a chance on a newcomer. 

"The people on my team took 
me under their wing and became 
not only friends, but family," Lan- 
dry said. "You have to like who 
you play with; otherwise, you 
won't do well. There has to be a 
common respect and understand- 

Respect is an important theme 
for Landry, a female in a predomi- 
nantly male game. 

She has earned it in tourna- 
ments all around the U.S., from 
Connecticut to Las Vegas. And 
on Feb. 28 she placed first in the 
FSC-hosted tournament for the 
Association of College Unions 
International, beating out students 
from schools such as Bentley and 

The first time she went to Las 
Vegas was in April 2007. She and 
her partner, Arthur Sticklor, par- 
ticipated in a national Jack and 
Continued on Page 2 

friend or foe? 

By Carlie Roy 

You're sitting in your dorm 
room, trying to get homework 
done, but you catch yourself 
looking through Facebook 

Sound familiar? This seems 
to be very common among 
college students. In fact, Face- 
book was originally created by 
a college student, Mark Zuck- 
erburg, at Harvard University 
in 2003. Now, it seems to be 
everywhere. The Web site has 
over 150 million users world- 
wide. Each month, these users 
upload more than 850 million 
photos and 7 million videos 
onto Facebook, and share more 
than 28 million pieces of con- 
tent including Web links, new 
stories, and notes. 

Is Facebook addictive? 
Many students seem to think 
so. "I find that whenever I'm 
trying to do homework and be 
productive, all I can seem to 
do is go on Facebook," says 
Fitchburg State College junior 
Heather Nichols, stating a 
common problem. 

This social-networking site 
appeals to students because it 
allows them to express them- 
selves, and it brings people 
together. Users make their own 
profiles including their rela- 

" I find that 
whenever I'm 

trying to do 
homework and 
be productive, 
all I can seem 

to do is go 
on Facebook. " 

- Heather Nichols 

tionship status, personal inter- 
ests, education, and any other 
personal information they wish 
to share. 

Nichols says Facebook is a 
great way to keep in touch with 
old and new friends, upload 
pictures, send messages, and 
also have private convos. 

Recently, however, Face- 
book has made changes that 
have upset some users. The 
problem is a new "news feed" 
section that shows what your 
friends have been doing on 
Facebook, such as writing on 
someone's wall or commenting 
on someone's picture. 

Nichols calls the "news 
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2 - April 3, 2009 


Staff photo by Lisa Denoncourt 

Eric Gregoire helps take care of business in the Student Government Association office. 

SGA: Who are we, anyway'! 


By Kelly Tillman 

Across campus, flyers are marked 
with the distinctive Student Government 
Association logo. This may give rise 
to questions among the student body: 
"What do these people do? What are they 
responsible for on campus?" 

Every Tuesday at 5 p.m., members of 
the SGA meet in the Student Learning 
Center in the basement level of the Ham- 
mond Building to conduct their weekly 
council meeting. Consisting of about 30 
members, the SGA strives to empower 
the student body and to represent their 
issues and concerns. 

"We are the voice for the student body 
to the faculty, the administration, and the 
community at large," says Chris Gada, 
vice president of the class of 2010. Gada 
says the Student Government Associa- 
tion's top priority is to present students' 
concerns to the appropriate faculty mem- 

The SGA also presents events on cam- 
pus; most of the events that have been put 
on so far this year by SGA aim toward 

"We are the voice 
for the student body 

to the faculty, the 

administration, and 

the community 

at large. " 

- Chris Gada 

educating the student body about politics 
and their rights as an important part of 
the Fitchburg State community. 

Most recently, the class of 2010 put 
on the well-known Locks of Love event, 
where people got free haircuts and donat- 
ed their hair toward making wigs for chil- 
dren with long-term medical hair loss. 

Paired with students and staff of Alex- 
ander Academy of Fitchburg, the class 
raised approximately $800 for the organi- 
zation and donated 92 inches of hair. 

Additionally, SGA has been working 
on getting commuters more involved on 
campus by appointing a new commuter 
representative to plan and implement 

The SGA as a whole has been reshaped 
this year, editing their constitution and 
submitting new by-laws that make it 
more challenging and honorable to hold 
such a position on campus. As a result 
of their responsibilities on campus, the 
council's members develop leadership 
qualities that last a lifetime. 

"I'm really happy I joined SGA this 
year," said Michelle Cree, vice president 
of the class of 2012. 

"It's such a diverse group of students 
and I feel empowered knowing that I'm 
involved in an organization that truly is 
making a difference on campus." 

Elections for Student Government 
Association are held in April. 

For more information about the FSC 
Student Government Association, go to 

Facebook won't lose friends 

Continued from Page 1 

feed" the "stalker feed." She says, 
"Facebook is getting to be a little much. 
The 'stalker feed' shows everyone what 
everyone else has been doing. You can 
see recent pictures people have added 
and read conversations between people." 

And if you want to get personal infor- 
mation about someone, Facebook's new 
additions have made it that much easier 
to access. 

"The good thing about Facebook is 
the different privacy settings you can 
choose," says Nichols. Users can put 
privacy settings on their profiles so that 
only their friends can look, and they can 
also block certain people. 

"This is a good policy, especially 

since anyone can have an account now," 
Nichols says. 

And while people are upset with the 
new changes to Facebook - especially 
allowing anyone to have an account - 
they are still visiting the site daily. 

"It used to be that only college stu- 
dents could have a Facebook account, 
but now anyone can have one," Nichols 

"More than half of Facebook users are 
out of college and 70 percent of them are 
outside the United States. 

"I don't like all of these changes, but 
I still go on Facebook a few times a day. 
I would say that the average college 
student goes on Facebook at least once 
a day." 

And Facebook hopes to keep it that 
way, promising to reverse some unpopu- 
lar changes in the next few weeks. That 
decision was the result of an online peti- 
tion signed by almost 2 million users. 

"Redesigns of Facebook are generally 
hard to manage, in part because change 
is always hard and in part because they 
may miss improvements that any indi- 
vidual user may like to see," Chris Cox, 
Facebook director of product, wrote on a 
recent blog post. 

"If Facebook continues to make alter- 
ations, I don't know how much longer it 
will be successful," Nichols says. "[But] 
my guess is that people will use Face- 
book no matter how many changes there 

plays like 
a hotshot 

Continued from Page 1 

Jill tournament there. It was Landry 
and Sticklor's first time competing, 
and they placed 33 rc * out of 256 teams. 
The pair went back that August for a 
doubles tournament. 

Later this month, Landry will be 
going back to Vegas with her new 
Jack and Jill tournament partner, Peter 
Crocker. She has hopes of coming home 
with the gold, as well as improving her 

"The Vegas environment pushes you 
to be the best you can be," Landry 
explained. "A lot of good players are 
coming out for the same reason I am, 
to improve their game and showcase 
their talent. 

"You want to see how good your 
game is against other people, and Vegas 
is the best place to do that." 

By playing in a predominately male 
game and still coming out on top, Lan- 
dry proves that a woman can be just 
as good as the next guy. The message 
seems to be coming through; this year 
her team added another female, which 
Landry is happy about. 

In the beginning, Landry said, she 
never thought of herself as the minor- 
ity in the sport. But as she grew bet- 
ter, started attending tournaments and 
improving her game, she realized that 
she really was one of the few women 
who play the game and play it well. 

When she comes across men who 
don't treat her with the respect that she 
deserves, she doesn't let it frustrate her 
- she just wins. She was the captain of 
her team when she came across a man 
who refused to play her. When he real- 
ized his actions would cost his team a 
forfeit, they played - and she won. 

Landry's competitive drive is strong, 
and her drive to become a better player 
is intense. She loves this game, and is 
proud of her role in it. 

Staff photo by John McGinn 
Kristine Landry shows winning form as 
she practices pool in the game room at 


April 3, 2009 - 3 

Catching up is hard to do 

By Amanda Marcil 

Halfway through the semester, 
it's not unusual to wish for a fresh 
start at becoming a better student. 
Coursework has begun to pile up, 
while dedication tends to dimin- 
ish after the first few weeks of the 

One reason students may have 
difficulty completing a course is 
because they fall behind in the 

Just one skipped class, or one 
missed assignment, can set off a 
cycle of scrambling to catch up 
with classmates. To stay ahead 
of the college workload, students 
should set time aside every day 
to complete a part of the course 

*i never wait until the night 
before to start an assignment," 
says one FSC junior. As a result, 
she avoids a lot of self-induced 

Many students, however, bum 
the midnight oil while hoping 
their assignments will magically 
be completed. 

"I constantly waste time watch- 
ing TV or hanging out with friends 
when I should be studying," says 
Matthew Marcil, a sophomore. 
The consequences of this method 
include stress, irritability, sleep- 
less nights, bad grades, and 
incomplete assignments. 

Rushing through assignments 
shows the professor a lack of 

Keeping up with classwork is a smart strategy for success in college. 

effort, dedication and most of all, 
a real inability to use time wisely. 
There is some good news for 
procrastinators, though: When it 
comes to completing this semes- 
ter's school assignments, you 
still have time to improve your 

studying techniques and thus your 
chances of success. 

Some students swear by their 
daily planners while Samantha 
Kelly, a freshman at Framingham 
State College, looks at the bigger 
picture. "Motivation and focusing 


on the long-term goal helps fulfill 
course requirements," she says. 

How much time do you need 
to spend on those requirements? 
Well, as a full-time student you'll 
generally enroll in 15 credits of 
coursework, which is five classes 

each semester. As a general rule, 
according to the National Coun- 
cil of Teachers of English, for a 
course that meets three hours per 
week, you should plan to devote 
nine hours: three in class, and six 
in out-of-class study and prepara- 

That adds up to 45 hours per 
week - a full-time job, plus over- 

So, how does a hard-working 
student avoid burning out while 
keeping up? 

Ask those at FSC, and you'll 
hear about some useful tools to 
keep from falling behind with 
schoolwork: daily checklists, 
incentives, study groups, orga- 
nizational strategies, setting pri- 
orities, and of course, attending 
class. It is essential to go to class 
in order to understand the course 
objectives and get the work done 
ahead of schedule. 

Students who plan wisely can 
reduce daily tensions, allowing 
them to enjoy more of their col- 
lege experience. 

To achieve your goals you 
have to stay ahead of the compe- 
tition - but you don't have to do it 
alone. On campus, the Academic 
Success Center offers 11 support 
programs and services to help 
students succeed. These programs 
are located in the Hammond 
Building; detailed information is 
available on the FSC Web site. 

NFL looks 
at Falcon 

After a successful, two-year career at 
Fitchburg State College, senior running 
back Marlon Thornton represented the 
Falcons football team recently as he was 
invited to participate in the Boston Col- 
lege Pro Scout Day. 

Thornton, a two-time New England 
Football Conference All-Conference 
selection, was one of the top players in 
the New England region selected to join 
the scout day. 

Participants from over 40 schools in 
the New England area attended the work- 
out as professional scouts and assistant 
coaches from NFL teams looked on. 

"I could not be any happier for Mar- 
lon," said head coach Paul McGonagle. 

"Besides being one of the top running 
backs in the nation and a great leader at 
Fitchburg State, Marlon has been one of 
the hardest workers on the team." 

This season, Thornton headed a list 
of seven Fitchburg State football players 
who earned post-season honors. 

The senior standout collected Worces- 
ter Area All-Star first team honors while 
being named to the NEFC All-Confer- 
ence second team. 

Thornton was one of the Falcons 
top offensive performers, posting 1252 
yards on the ground with 14 total touch- 
downs and 213 carries. 

Thornton, a recipient of the presti- 
gious Boston Globe Gold Helmet in 
2007, has appeared in 19 career games 
for Fitchburg State, rushing for 2548 
yards and 26 touchdowns. 

Point file photo 

Students come out in force for the annual Spring Dance Show at Fitchburg State College. 

Calendar of events 

April 3 
Dance Club Spring Performance - 

7-9 p.m., Weston Auditorium 

April 4 

Dance Club Spring Performance - 4-5 

p.m., Weston Auditorium 

April 8 

HTV Lecture - 4-5 p.m., Alumni Room 
C, Hammond Campus Center 

Music Showcase - 7:30-8:30 p.m., with 
Fitchburg State Orchestra, the Bynars, Sans 

Heroic, Vieux Soulier; Weston Auditorium 

April 9 
National Alcohol Screening Day - 10 

a.m.-2 p.m., Hammond Campus Center 

April 11 
Easter Egg Hunt- 10 a.m.-noon, Ham- 
mond Campus Center 

April 13 
Graduate and Continuing Education 
Info Session - 5-7 p.m., Thompson Hall 
April 15 

Springfield Public Schools Informa- 
tion Session - 3:30-5 p.m., representa- 
tives speak to prospective employees; stu- 
dents majoring in education encouraged to 
attend; McKay Campus School, Center for 
Professional Studies 

Take Back the Night Rally - 7:30-8:30 
p.m., Quadrangle. y 

April 18 
Undergraduate Shakespeare Confer- 
ence of New England - 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 
Hammond Campus Center 

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April 3, 2009 - 5 

aims high 
to win 

Brian Schell 

After being a two-time athlete of the 
week for the Massachusetts State College 
Athletic Conference, and holding the cur- 
rent program's record for the pentathlon, 
what is there to do next? 

That's the question for FSC junior Alex 
Ivanov. He has been there and done that, 
making a huge impact for the Fitchburg 
State College men's track and field team. 

"I am excited for the spring season to 
start," Ivanov said. "I have been working 
all year for this and can't wait to start the 

Ivanov has his work cut out for him, 
because the decathlon consists of 1 events: 
the 100-meter, 400-meter and 1,500-meter 
runs; the 1 1 0-meter high hurdles, the dis- 
cus throw, the javelin throw, the shot put, 
the pole vault, the high jump, and the long 

"Making time to practice for all of 
these events is like having a full-time job," 
Ivanov said. "I sacrifice a lot of my time at 
practice, doubling up my training." 

Ivanov said that he gets his running done 
first, and then moves on to practice his 
throwing and jumping. 

With all this training, Ivanov has set his 
sights on qualifying for the Division III 
nationals. The nationals consist of those 
top performers in each event throughout 
the entire United States. "I was 14 points 

Alex Ivanov has set ambitious goals for himself in the decathlon. 

off of qualifying for nationals in indoors for 
the pentathlon, but 1 can't let that get me 
down. Now I just have to look forward and 
go from here," Ivanov said. 

According to Head Coach Jim Jellison, 
the student-athlete's dedication will help 
him reach his goal. "While everyone else 
on the team finishes their workouts, he 
stays longer and continues to work on other 
events," Jellison said. "Alex gives it 110 
percent every day. If he keeps it up, he has 
a good chance to get to where he wants to 

Ivanov said the goals he set for himeself 

in the decathlon were: 180 feet in the jav- 
elin, 32.5 meters in the discus, 10.5 meters 
in the shot, 1 2 feet in the pole vault, 6 feet 
3 inches in the high jump, 21 feet in the 
long jump, 11.5 seconds in the 100 meters, 
17 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, 4:20 
in the 1500 meter and 50 seconds in the 
400 meter. 

"My biggest concern would have to be 
the javelin," Ivanov said. "I wasn't able to 
throw it during indoors, so we will have to 
take it one step at a time." 

In addition to training for all of these 
events, Ivanov takes part in the track team's 


late-night strength and endurance training 

"By the time we start doing [the sessions] 
my body is already loose and warmed up 
from practice," Ivanov said. "Also, having 
some of the other guys on the team there 
doing it with me makes it fun." 

As the spring season approaches, Ivanov 
plans to participate in the first decathlon on 
April 15. 

"All I can do for now is work on my 
goals during the prior meets and be pre- 
pared going into it," he said. 

Fans bask in the glow of 'Twilight' 

Books, movie 
and new DVD 
satisfy thirst for 
best-selling saga 

By Alesia Strong 

"Twilight" is sweeping the world and 
girls are going crazy over heartthrob vam- 
pire Edward Cullen. 

"How can I explain Edward Cullen in 
words?" asked one "Twilight" fan at FSC. 
"He is the epitome of the perfect boyfriend: 
sweet, kind, gentle, amazing good looks, 
and just perfect. Every girl out there wants 
him, but he's taken. It is truly a tragedy." 

The saga's best-selling author, Stepha- 
nie Meyer, has come out with four books 
with the vamp: "Twilight," "New Moon," 
"Eclipse," and "Breaking Dawn." 

The DVD of the first movie was released 
on March 2 1 , amid parties and guest appear- 
ances at bookstores by cast members. 

It sold over 3 million copies on its first ' 
day, according to 

Those numbers aren't surprising. The 
written series has sold over 17 million cop- 
ies worldwide in 37 countries, and over 8.5 
million copies in just the U.S., according to 

There are even mangas in Japan and 
comics in China. 

"I haven't read the Twilight saga yet, 
but I've seen the movie," said Mareesa 
St.Germaine from Worcester. 

"Knowing that the books are this popu- 
lar .. . makes me want to go buy all of them 
right now and read them until I drop." 

With each book published, the number 
of Twi-hards grew and the first movie, 
"Twilight," featured a cast including Rob- 
ert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory in "Harry 
Potter") as Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart 
as Bella Swan, Taylor Lautner as Jacob 
Black, and Cam Gigandet as the villain 

Theaters around the world were open 
all night for the midnight showing on Nov. 
21, 2008. 

The theaters were so packed with Twi- 
lighters and TwilightMoms that they had to 
have two showings. 

"The theaters were crazy packed, espe- 
cially with girls wearing Edward Cul- 
len t-shirts," said Twilighter Joanna Reilly 
from FSC. 

"You could tell they were all excited to 
finally have the movie in theaters! I had 
never been to a midnight showing of a 
movie before, so I didn't really know what 
to expect. 

"When we got there and pretty much 
every seat in the theater was taken, I knew 
it was a good turnout." 

By the time the credits rolled, fans were 
begging for more. 

On Nov. 22, 2008, Summit Entertain- 
ment announced that "New Moon" would 
make it to the big screen as well. 

According to, the scheduled 
release date is Nov. 20, 2009. 

Robert Pattinson plays the role of vampire Edward Cullen in "Twilight. " 

This has struck some as coming unusu- 
ally soon after the first movie, but FSC 
Twilighter Nicole Letourneau can't wait. 

"I think the timing is just right, if not a 
little two long," Letourneau said. 

"I finished the saga in just shy of two 

weeks and it's killing me that it feels like 
it's over. 

"If all the movies come out at this pace, 
then I'm already going to be 23 years old 
when "Breaking Dawn" hits theaters!" 

6 - April 3, 2009 


Domestic abuse hits 
home in 'Yellow Dress' 

By Nicoletta Amato 

One in every three women 
will fall victim to domestic abuse 
during their college years. 

That means if you are a 
female and sitting in a room 
with two of your closest girl- 
friends, one of you is likely to 
be abused before graduation. 

Even more frightening, peo- 
ple in abusive relationships very 
often do not realize that their 
relationship is unhealthy; even 
if they do, they are likely to be 
unaware of the resources they 
have available to help them exit 
the dangerous situation. 

To promote awareness about 
this serious issue, Fitchburg 
State College collaborated with 
Deana's Educational Theater to 
hold an event called "The Yel- 
low Dress" on March 23. 

The event started with a one- 
person theatrical performance, 
giving voice to the issue of 
domestic violence and abuse. 

The performer, actress 
Meaghan Willis of Deana's Edu- 
cational Theater, said, "I love 
the theater. But being out there, 
being able to help others - that's 
why I do it." 

Willis' performance exposed 
the early signs, progression, and 
extreme dangers of abusive rela- 

As Willis stepped on stage 
for the final scene of the play, 
the stark reality of the topics 
presented proved as deep and 
emotional as the silence of the 
audience that followed. 

The play was accompanied 
by a question-and-answer ses- 
sion between the student audi- 
ence and a panel of experts. 
These experts consisted of Wil- 
lis; Physician Assistant Beth 
Basiner of FSC Health Services; 
Dr. Robert Hynes, director of 
counseling services at FSC; and 
Campus Police Officer Sarah 

Camelo opened the discus- 
sion by stating that she was 
"hugely impacted by the perfor- 

Willis, an 
actress with 
shares a 
story of 
abuse as 
part of 
"The Yellow 
Dress. " 

Photo by Josh Visnaw 
Camelo said, "I see a large cult for the people 

amount of domestic violence 
and sexual assault cases on this 
campus, and can't imagine being 
on the other end of things." 

Camelo said she hoped this 
program would help those stuck 
in abusive situations to see "the 
light at the end of the tunnel." 

Statistics have shown that it 
takes four to nine tries for a 
person to get out of an abusive 

"There may be a thousand 
reasons this person is in your 
life," Hynes said. "It is not that 
easy to walk away." 

He also mentioned some 
signs of abusive relationships, 
including suspicion, jealousy, 
control, and manipulation. 

He said that awareness of 
abuse can start small and prog- 
ress slowly. It can take years 
before the issue becomes viv- 
idly apparent, and by that time 
the victim often has become too 
invested to walk away easily, 
or in some cases, does not even 
see that things have gotten out 
of control. Because it is so diffi- 

involved to escape the situation, 
the panel stressed the impor- 
tance of witnesses and friends 
stepping in. 

"A lot of times people on 
the outside don't think that it's 
their business to get involved," 
Willis said. 

"Step up, say something, it is 
your business. It is so important 
to be a friend to them. Don't 
give up on them, otherwise they 
feel so alone." 

As the program came to a 
close, the panel encouraged stu- 
dents to take advantage of the 
resources offered by FSC and 
the surrounding area. 

Slips of paper listing local 
assault resources were also 
handed out at the end of the 

For further information about 
these resources, or if you are 
involved with an unhealthy rela- 
tionship or know someone who 
is, call Campus Police, counsel- 
ing services, or health services 
for the help you need. 

Shakespeare's the thing 

Fitchburg State College will 
serve as host for the eighth annu- 
al Undergraduate Shakespeare 
Conference of New England 
this year, drawing students from 
across the U.S. and Canada. 

The event will be held on 
April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. at the Hammond Campus 

The conference theme, 
"Shakespeare and Italy: Source, 
Setting, and Subtext," offers 
many opportunities for our stu- 
dents to explore a wide variety of 
topics concerning Shakespeare's 
Italian and Roman plays, son- 
nets and narrative poems, Italian 
sources and influences, works 
written by his contemporaries, 
and Shakespeare as portrayed 

in related films, stagings, and 
adaptations. After the conference 
sessions, attendees are invited to 
view some short scenes from 
the upcoming Fitchburg State 
production of "The Taming of 
the Shrew," directed by Kelly 

Joan Ozark Holmer, a pro- 
fessor emerita at Georgetown 
University, will be the confer- 
ence's keynote speaker. Holmer 
is the author of "The Merchant 
of Venice: Choice, Hazard and 
Consequence." She has written 
a number of publications on 
Shakespeare's plays, as well as 
works on Elizabethan ethics, 
Tudor fairy lore, Elizabethan 
author Thomas Nashe, writer 
John Milton, poet Robert Her- 

rick, poet William Browne, and 
fencing master Vincentio Savi- 

This is Fitchburg State's first 
year to host the conference, 
which has grown in the number 
and location of participants. 

"This is a valuable forum for 
students to present their research, 
share in the research of others, 
have a professional experience, 
and to make connections with 
students and faculty from other 
schools," said associate profes- 
sor of English and conference 
organizer Lisa Gim. 

The conference is open to 
the public for a registration fee 
of $10, which includes the cost 
of the lunch. To register, contact 
Gim on campus. 

Photo courtesy 
Since graduating from FSC with a degree in English, Shaniqua 
Clark has been running a Boston-based lifestyle magazine. 

FSC alumnae have 
Boston covered 

Carrolee Moore 

Graduation can be an over- 
whelming and scary concept, but 
for some Fitchburg State College 
graduates, childhood aspirations 
and scenes only visible in dreams 
become reality. 

For Shaniqua Clark, this 
couldn't be more true. Clark 
graduated from Fitchburg State 
College in May 2007, and soon 
after started her own magazine, 
21 Plus. 

"Being a writer has been a 
dream job since I was in the 
fifth grade," Clark says. "I didn't 
second-guess what I wanted to do 
with my life when I was applying 
for schools." 

Clark serves as editor-in-chief 
of the magazine which, as its name 
suggests, is aimed at a mature 
audience. Its purpose is to inform 
readers about Boston nightlife; to 
offer tips on where to go and what 
to do, while sharing insiders' per- 
spectives on the city scene. 

"I was first inspired to create 
a new publication when I discov- 
ered how much potential Boston 
had," Clark says. "I wanted to 
create something hip, youthful, 
professional, and interactive." 

Armed with determination, a 
drive to succeed, and a four-per- 
son team - including another FSC 
alumna, Victoria Hall, as execu- 
tive editor - Clark went on to cre- 
ate a magazine that she hopes will 
get all of Boston buzzing. 

There's a lot of work involved 
in getting out a publication; it 
goes beyond the writing to pho- 
tography, editing, graphic design, 
and most importantly, research. 
And when it's a small publica- 
tion, each team member often has 
many different responsibilities for 
each issue. "The hardest thing 

about the magazine is doing it 
with a small staff," Clark says. 
"There are so many departments 
that make up a successful maga- 
zine, and my team does it all and 
makes it happen." 

The challenges that face a 
small magazine staff can seem 
insurmountable, but according to 
Clark, confidence is the key. 

"Confidence in myself and 
pep talks from my team keep me 
going. In this economy, where we 
are all affected, it's easy to let a 
dream become just a dream. And 
it is easy to walk away from them 
to follow an easier path. 

"We don't allow that at 21 Plus 
Magazine. When times get tough, 
we work it through the best we 

The competition is very stiff 
among print publications, and is 
getting even more competitive 
now that the economy has taken a 
turn for the worse. 

The fact that a magazine of its 
size can weather the storm that is 
economic hardship and success- 
fully gain a following is impres- 

"The competition was some- 
thing I thought would surprise 
me the most, but it hasn't," Clark 

"What surprised me was the 
rationale that certain types of 
news and marketing tactics make 
magazines sell. It goes back to the 
old saying, "sex sells." And they 
are right, but 21 Plus [magazine] 
hopes to stray away from that as 
much as we possibly can." 

So, what is Clark turning 
toward? She says her goal is to 
"see our magazine on every shelf 
in the state." 

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April 3, 2009 - 7 

Finally, students spring into action 

By Craig R. Transle 

Taking oft' the extra layers of clothing, 
sitting out on the Quad, and firing up the 
barbecue are all signs of spring at Fitchburg 
State College. 

After a long, icy winter, commuters and 
residents alike enjoy welcoming the new 
season with any number of rituals. 

"Springtime means exercising outside to 
get ready for the beach in the summertime," 
says Patrick Dolan. "I kick off spring by 
going for a run around Coolidge Park." 

Dolan, who plans to attend the Lead- 
ership Development Advance Camp for 
ROTC, is glad that he can start training 
outside to get in shape for camp. 

For those students who have houses off 
campus, springtime means spring clean- 

"My ritual every spring is not only do I 
have to do some housecleaning, I have to 
start my spring cleaning - not only at my 
house, [but] at my horse stable, too," says 
Amy Dorson. 

For other commuters and residents, 
springtime means forgetting the cleaning 
and getting outside to go for a walk and 
become energized by the sun's rays. 

For Amy Beaulieu, there is a mandatory 
countdown to the first day of spring that 
starts on the first day of winter. Every year 
on the first day of spring, she celebrates by 
planting the first seeds in her garden. 

Not every college student has a garden, 
however. And for the sports-minded, the 
beginning of spring is all about college bas- 


When the Frisbees start flying, it's a sure sign that spring has come to campus. 

ketball. Anthony Grassini's spring ritual is 
to set up NCAA brackets with his friends to 
see who will pick all the right teams. 

"Some people like to do spring clean- 
ing," Grassini says. "But for me, I like to 

keep my spring ritual by filling out brackets 
and winning the tourney." 

For other commuters it is time to wash 
the road salt off their cars. 

"1 do not clean my vehicle the whole 

"Some people like 

to do spring 
cleaning. But for 
me, I like to keep 
my spring ritual 

by filling out 

brackets and 

winning the 
tourney. " 

- Anthony Grassini 

winter, because winters can be real messy," 
says Nick Bruegge. "It is easier if I wash it 
on the first day of spring." 

While Bruegge cleans his car, Grassini 
is joining the local softball team. 

Finally, it is time to give the city its own 
spring cleaning; this year, the city of Fitch- 
burg clean-up is going to be more cumber- 
some because of the ice storm. 

"For the ROTC program, it is time 
to start the spring by helping with spring 
cleaning around the wards, streets, and 
common areas of Fitchburg," explains an 
ROTC cadet. 

But no matter what rituals they use, stu- 
dents can agree on one thing - the arrival of 
spring is always cause for celebration. 

Study-abroad program goes the distance 

By Megan Benevides 

Are you looking for a new way to learn 
with your favorite professors? 

Fitchburg State College students 
can do just that, by studying abroad 
for a month in the summer in places 
like Verona, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. 
Last summer, 23 FSC students went to 
Verona with professors Peter Lay- 
tin, Susan Williams and Rala Diakite. 
They were offered three classes: Ital- 
ian food history, photography, and Ital- 
ian language. Classes met every day and 
an excursion was planned each week. 
Matt Tomasetti participated in the trip, and 
found it to be an exceptional experience. 

"The learning environment was like 
nothing I've ever experienced before," 
Tomasetti said. "We would study a subject 
in the classroom and then immediately see 
it put in perspective in our everyday life. 

"It was also nice having the teachers 
around all the time. Not only were they 
there to educate us, they also took trips 
with us and shared meals. We got to see 
our professors in a whole new light." 
Erin Emerling also enjoyed the trip, but 
wasn't as enthusiastic about the student- 
faculty interaction. 

"I had a great time in Italy;it was one of 
the best experiences of my life," Emerling 
said. "If I could study abroad again I would 
definitely do it, but ... I often felt smothered 
by the teachers. As an adult, I feel the need to 
make my own decisions. I did not have the 
freedom I wished I could have on this trip." 
Even though students had some different 
opinions, they agreed that they were glad 
to visit a foreign country. They espcially 
enjoyed the weekend trips they took. "I 
went to Rome one weekend," Tomasetti 
said. "It was amazing. There was nothing 
cooler than seeing the Colosseum." 

It was experiences like this, he said, that 

Photo by Luiz Castro 

The picturesque streets of Verona have welcomed students in Fitchburg State College's study-abroad program. 

made Fitchburg 's study-abroad program 
such a success. 

In addition, professors offered exer- 
cises to encourage students to utilize their 
environment. Laytin gave photography 
assignments that were geared to capture 
Italy's culture. Students in Italian language 

class were encouraged to go out to local 
places and speak with the people. In Italian 
food studies, students often took trips to 
experience the foods of Italy. Field stud- 
ies were planned to an olive-oil factory, 
cheese farm and wine-tasting restaurant. 
This year, once again students are getting 

the opportunity to experience Fitchburg 
State College in other countries. A general 
study-abroad information session to learn 
about all upcoming study-abroad opportu- 
nities is planned for April 7 from 3:30 to 
4:30 p.m., in the Hammond Campus Center 
Alumni Room A. 

-April 3, 2009 








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